I have to say that when things do not work the way you want them to it becomes very frustrating. But in order to overcome tasks you must problem solve and work around issues that you may be having. For example one of the photos that I wanted to use in my side bar would not appear in either the css or html page. After a while I final got it to work in my html file. It was a simple (/) that was throwing me off, so its good to recheck your work to make sure that a simple like (/) is whats making your image function or not function.
Millersville Art Department held their first annual Interdisciplinary Interaction
Design Conference to listen to current designers and hear about their
experience through the design field and how they got to where they are
today. Design is a field that has grown
to become a huge interactive globe conference through web and other forms of
interaction. The students in the Art Department put this conference together
for the benefit of others to hear was designers had to say about design. There
were only four speakers, Justin Kunkel, Robert Deraco, Joshua Buckwalter, and
Aaron Chu. Each speaker talked about different concepts but they were all
interrelated in a way.
speaker was Justin Kunkel who started out as an architecture student at Penn
state then realized it wasn’t the path for him then got an English degree with
a Philosophy minor. Having that as his background taught him how to write and
argue. He learned how to interview people, which helped him learn to
communicate with co-workers, managers, and clients. At one of the places he worked
he picked up how to edit websites, and through his progression to becoming a user
experience designer he learned about strategizing content and became the
director of strategy. Justin talked about how there is no right way to get into
the field of design but four key things to remember is first recognize design
is a process and how it’s a why of thinking, document everything, analyze work
and show your work. Secondly, think holistically by believing that there are no
limitations, everything is marketable and the user must know how to get from
step A to step B. Thirdly, learn consciously and apply constantly by taking
everything you have learned in your lifetime and apply it to your work. And
lastly, empathize always by putting yourself in the shoes of whom you’re
designing for. Some also fields to look into to build knowledge and make it
easier for you to build an argument when talking to a client like philosophy,
aesthetics, behavioral economics, anthropology, statistics and linguistics.
The second speaker
was Robert Deraco and he was the founder of Synapse and has worked there and
built his experience and knowledge for 15 years. Synapse is a marketing service
provider. Robert is a designer by accident since he has no degree but because
he is good at talking to people and find solutions to problems he was able to
go into the real world and be successful. Through trial and error he was able
to take what he learn everyday to get better in design. He talked about how
anyone who facilitates interactions can communicate through digital means. Some
jobs that one can obtain through digital means are jobs like digital
strategist, creative director, digital marketer, programmer, developer, web
designer and interface designer. Some lessons that he talked about were never
stop learning, data sells ideas, if you think hiring a professional is
expensive try hiring an amateur, sell value, think code by understanding
concepts, think your user is your mother and chaos is profitable. Robert
explains that in order to solve problems that you don’t know how to complete is
through learning and teaching yourself in order to get ahead.
speaker was Joshua Buckwalter. Buckwalter is a creative director at innovate,
president of AIGA central PA and musician. In order to get to where he is today
Joshua went some great and terrible jobs to build experience as a designer. It
wasn’t till he came to AIGA where he started to learn about good design. The
main points Joshua talked about what how research is most important and with
out researching your final project will get hurt in the end. Other points were
organizing by priority and take risks to make the clients happy.
speaker was one of our very own Aaron Chu from Millersville University. Aaron
graduated from Millersville only 2 year ago and from that time he has made his
journey in web design. Aaron works at HUGE a global advertising agency. In his
design experience Aaron has come to the conclusion that everything has a
connection and what might have inspired you when you were younger like Japanese
Anime for Aaron can reflect your work later on. Aaron best research tool is
Google and using this tool to constantly build his knowledge since everything
is evolving so quickly and it’s hard to keep up with the industry. Aaron main
points were about performance, accessibility, and craftsmanship.
speakers I learned a lot in a short amount of time. Main things I struck out to
me were being organized, showing your research and process; keep gaining knowledge
in any field you can to make your self seem more intelligent even if that’s not
your main field. I always appreciate hearing how other designers reached their
success through trial and error in order to get to where they want to be in
October 17, 2013
of Design holds events throughout the year, all over the area and on October 17th
there was one in Lancaster starring Brooke Shaden. Brooke graduated from Temple
University in Philadelphia, with degrees in both film and English. She didn’t
come out of school with a degree in photography but she claims that she was
“photographically born”. Currently she resides in Los Angeles, California as a
fine art photographer. Brooke travels and conducts workshops throughout the
United States and is recognized globally for her stunning, interpretive
self-portraits. Brooke was able to get her name known by using social media and
social networking to get her work out there for everyone to see. Besides all of
her inspiring photographs, Brooke has written one book called “Inspiration in
Photography: Training Your Mind to Make Great Art a Habit”. In her presentation
Brooke mainly focused on creativity, inspiration, and manipulation.
Brooke’s lecture her main points always related by to inspiration. Brooke
started out with an average camera with no flash and used what she couldn’t
capture with the camera to later manipulate it in Photoshop. She described an
artist as a problem solver and a creative thinker. Brooke was able to problem
solve and think creatively since the space she started taking pictures was
small and knew little information about Photoshop or how to take photographs.
Although she was self-taught in her apartment, she still had the confident to
call herself an artist. Brooke knew how she wanted her images to turn out and
by problem solving she recreated her photos in Photoshop in order to produce
what she was looking for. She talked about how it’s sometimes hard for artist
to find inspiration. Even though inspiration can be found everywhere like but
in things that interest you, things you love, relationships, yourself, and
locations. Another thing that caught my attention was how Brooke said, “we
think we want freedom to create art but when were confronted with that freedom
we feel trapped”. Inspiration builds off of itself and when you learn to create
something out of nothing, you learn to create everything else more easily. Some
things that inspire Brooke are white walls, themes like fantasies, new things,
few and failing. Failing is a good thing because when you try and make
something but fail in the process it help you learn to make something even
better in the future.
takes her inspiration and creates themes like darkness and beauty, life versus
death, fairytales, decay, surrealism and daydreaming. After you find
inspiration by thinking conceptually the steps in order to create art is to create
a concept, plan out what your going to photograph, take as many shots till you
get want you want, mess around with color, add or take away matter, edit till
it’s done, receive feedback and edit it again. Photoshop allows you to
manipulate photos to produce images the way you imagine them by using only a
few tools. A piece may seem complex when you first look at the image but
through little tools in Photoshop you can create amazing works of art by
mastering the basics.
presentation she demonstrated how she works by taking a volunteer from the
audience, photographed them and then uploaded the image into Photoshop and by
using only the layer mask, crop, image resolution, pen tool and eraser tool she
was able to produce a work of art, off the inspiration to create a fantasy from
the ordinary. At the end of the event there was a Q&A part, one question I
asked was about the technical side of Photoshop. I asked how she creates the
same color tones in the same ending images if she using several different
images that she captured with different exposures. Her answer simply was by
using curves and adjustments on each layer then merge some layers to create the
same tone for the overall photo to make everything come together compositionally.
By the end of the event I felt like I learned a lot about learning how to
create inspiration from nothing and use that to produce work that you love.
Since nothing was due for class over break, my mom decided it would be the perfect time to give me a small unpaid job. My mom is a moderator on a hockey website called "hockeyforums.net" recently the divisions for hockey has changed and at the bottom of their web page their is 6 divisions but now there is only 4. So she asked me to fixed the table so there would be only 4 divisions with the contact information and general viewed page links.
Please note that this is just set up as a working file in Crome and not in the actual website.
Trying to figure out how to overlap, center, and shift the quote on top of the decorative header took a while and after that I played around with the background colors and added a little bit of text in the sidebar.
From last class I only had the outlines of the boxes where my content would be placed but when my teacher and I looked over my files they weren't quite working. So here is the revised files and a better layout for the start of my webpage. The teal box will be moved down so its directly under the decorative header.
From last week I had the html and css linked up but the code wasn't working for me. This week I started to build the frame work for my webpage. Along though it not completely put together it shows a possible start. I tried placing a small pattern for the background but the image only came up small even when repeat was on, so I got a little confused when it came to the background. Also please ignore the white space going through the boxes, that just the screen shot images not aligning.
Here is the start of my webpage for Lousie Fili. I have created a decorative header with her name included the only typeface used is Learning curve from dafont.com.
Our next step was to start placing it into .html and .css files but I can't seem to figure out why they aren't link or anything is coming up. I test the link by just saying the heading was a red box and that showed up but I'm guessing my image link isn't working which is why it doesn't show up.
For our next project we are creating a web page that reflects our designers that we picked. The designer I picked is Lousie Fili and she can be described as everything food, italian and typography. I might change a few things but here is some ideas that I have come up with for possible website layouts.